Everton: £40m star 'falling well short' at Goodison Park

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Everton attacking midfielder Dele Alli is currently ‘falling well short’ of the standards he has previously set for himself, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 25-year-old arrived at Goodison Park during the January transfer window from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal that could rise to £40 million but has so far struggled to find his best form.

What is the latest news involving Dele Alli?

Dele established himself as one of the most exciting young talents after joining Spurs from boyhood club MK Dons back in 2015.

Between 2015/16 and 2017/18, the creative talent registered 46 goals and 41 assists in 146 appearances across all competitions as Tottenham continued to excel under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

However, after the 2018 World Cup, Alli’s performance levels dropped off severely, and so did his productivity.

Over the next three campaigns, he racked up just 19 strikes and provided only 19 further assists for his teammates in 105 outings, highlighting his dramatic change in fortunes.

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After falling down the pecking order in north London following the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte, it was hoped a deadline day switch to Everton could revive Dele’s stuttering career.

But that has not been the case so far. After starting his first game against Newcastle, Dele has failed to feature from the off since, making five substitute appearances before being left on the bench throughout their last Premier League fixture.

What has Jones said about Dele Alli?

Despite the Toffees’ tribulations at the wrong end of the league table and their lack of cutting edge in the final third, Dele has still been unable to cement his place in the starting lineup.

And Jones has stated how the 6 foot 2 ace needs to ‘get his mind and focus back on track’ in order to return to his previous levels.

He told GiveMeSport: “Dele’s got to get his mind and focus back on track and get back to playing the way that we all know he’s capable of because he’s definitely falling well short of the standards that he set for himself.”

How has Dele Alli been playing?

As per FBref, Dele has ranked in the 99th percentile for pressures, tackles and blocks, while ranking in the 98th for interceptions and clearances amongst players in his position over the last year.

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Those figures indicate he is still working hard out of possession, but his lack of end product is still extremely prevalent in his underlying numbers.

Dele is only in the second percentile for non-penalty goals, fourth for shot-creating actions, ninth for progressive carries and 13th for assists.

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